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Windsor Castle armed intruder wanted to “attempt to assassinate the queen” Elizabeth II – RT en français
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Windsor Castle armed intruder wanted to “attempt to assassinate the queen” Elizabeth II – RT en français
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An individual was arrested on December 25 after entering the grounds of the castle where Elizabeth II was spending Christmas. In a video which would have been shot just before his intrusion, he says he wants to “try to assassinate the queen”.

The man arrested and interned after entering armed with a crossbow on December 25 on the territory of Windsor Castle, residence of Elizabeth II in west London, had said he wanted to “assassinate the queen” in a video , reported on December 26 the daily The Sun.

This 19-year-old man living in Southampton (southern England) was arrested around 8:30 am on December 25, moments after entering the grounds of the castle where the 95-year-old monarch was spending Christmas. The next day, the police declared that they had interned him in psychiatric care.

The Sun relays images of a video presented as posted on the suspect’s Snapchat account a few minutes before his attempted intrusion. In a black hoodie and white mask, he handles the crossbow and says, “I’m sorry for what I’ve done and what I’m going to do. I will attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. ”

With apparent references to the saga Star wars, he presents himself as a Sikh Indian and says he is seeking “revenge” for a massacre committed in 1919 by British troops against demonstrators in India. Without wishing to confirm the authenticity of these images specifically, the London police force said that “investigators are evaluating the content of a video”.

Recurring intrusion attempts

Queen Elizabeth II, 95, is spending the end of the year in Windsor, now her main residence, after giving up her usual visit to Sandringham, in eastern England, in due to the resurgence of Covid-19 in the UK due to the Omicron variant. The sovereign, for her first Christmas since the death of her husband Philip in April at the age of 99, was joined on December 25 by several members of the family, including her sons Charles and Edward and their wives.

The attempted intrusions in Windsor as well as in Buckingham Palace, the Queen’s residence in the heart of London, are not exceptional. The most spectacular dates back to 1982, in Buckingham, when a thirty-something, Michael Fagan, managed to make his way to the bedroom of the queen, who was in bed.

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